This conversation centers around gender, culture, and the construction of Bahamian Muslimah identities. There are approximately 350 persons who identify as Muslim in the Bahamas (Department of Statistics, Bahamas 2010; Masjid records). This minority religion includes an increasing population of young Bahamian women converts. What does is mean to be a Muslim Bahamian / Bahamian Muslim? The conversation will be followed by a projection of photographs documenting the Bahamian Muslim community then and now.
Questions framing our conversation:
- What does it mean to be a Muslim Bahamian woman?
- How do the Bahamian and Muslim identities intersect, complement one another, or
compromise one another?
- How do Bahamian Muslim women relate to, interact with, and share challenges and
solutions with other minority groups in The Bahamas?
- What is ‘Islamic’ feminism? And how does it differ from mainstream feminism?
Moderator: Jerusa Ali
Nowé H. Harris-Smith (photographer)
Tanicia Pratt (director)